Concerns about sequestration

| March 3, 2017

The new year and new administration have not altered feelings of anxiety among military families surveyed regarding cuts to defense spending. Approximately seven-in-10 are anxious about possible cuts and anticipate being financially affected by them.

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Sequestration still has military families feeling uneasy

| February 17, 2017

Knowing the presidential transition would take place in January 2017, military families still expressed high levels of anxiety about sequestration in response to a December 2016 survey.

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Does rebuilding the military include BRAC?

| January 27, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman (HASC) Mac Thornberry wrote an opinion piece for foxnews.com, “Here’s how we will make America’s military great again.” Rep.

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Will the Budget Control Act be repealed under the new administration?

| January 20, 2017

This week Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released his recommendations for the FY 2018-2021 defense budget, called “Restoring American Power.”

McCain’s blunt assessment of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) budget and the negative effect it has had on our nation’s military includes stating that “We are now at a tipping point.” Referencing the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which resulted in sequestration, McCain argues that by forcing DoD “to start the year locked into the previous year’s budget” is, in practice, a budget cut.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration

| September 16, 2016

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service chiefs testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning at the “Long-term Budgetary Challenges Facing the Military Services and Innovative Solutions for Maintaining our Military Superiority” hearing.

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DoD budget cuts mean shorter vacations for military families

| August 21, 2016

America’s career military families are dialing back their vacation plans this summer, driven by persistent concerns about defense downsizing. In fact, 73 percent of middle-class military families surveyed* say their plans have changed as a result of defense spending cuts.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration and the presidential election

| August 12, 2016

Sequestration issues are of high importance to military families who are selecting a presidential candidate. More than three-quarters (78 percent) of families surveyed in the latest First Command Financial Behaviors Index® indicated that sequestration is extremely or very important when it comes to selecting a candidate.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration

| July 29, 2016

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of military families surveyed in the June First Command Financial Behaviors Index® are anxious about cuts to defense spending, while more than three-quarters (78 percent) anticipate being financially affected by the cuts.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration concerns affect service members’ health

| July 22, 2016

Ongoing concerns over sequestration and defense downsizing appear to be affecting the health of career service members and their families. The First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals that health issues commonly associated with financial worries are widespread among military families who report high levels of concern over sequestration and the financial impact of anticipated cuts to defense spending.

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The changing terrain: Budget cuts stress military families

| June 24, 2016

Military families continue to be anxious about cuts to defense spending, with 69 percent indicating anxiety and 74 percent anticipating being financially affected by cuts.

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